LAHORE: The Trust for History Art and Architecture Pakistan (THAAP) organised the 18th THAAP Talk: THAAP Talk Series on the topic of ‘Pre-Historic Lahore: Historically Marginalised Dimension of the City’ on Saturday.
Dr Kanwal Khalid, who is an assistant professor at the Punjab University College of Art and Design (PUCAD), gave a detailed presentation on the topic and said that it was very difficult to understand the history of Lahore but before understating history; we need to understand its soil. She highlighted different aspects of marginalised dimensions, like actual location, culture, rivers, arts and where we derived the Lahore name from as well as its importance in different eras.
She also talked about the old traditions of Lahore and different ruling periods. She said that the people of that time were very creative and skilled.
Dr Kanwal also presented many pictures of daily-use articles of the Mughal era, which were found during the excavation in Lahore Fort. She also shared findings of different reports on the city and old maps of Lahore. She said that determination of city’s actual location was very controversial.
Dr Kanwal obtained her PhD in Fine Arts (Miniature Painting) from the Punjab University. She has completed Masters in Philosophy in Research Methodology, History of Western Art, South Asian Art and Islamic Art, Masters in Fine Arts (Graphic Design) and Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Punjab University.
Being in the profession since 1989, she has been curator of Painting Collection at the Lahore Museum and visiting faculty at several institutes, including the National College of Arts and the Beaconhouse National University. She has also made documentaries about art and culture of Lahore with Asian Television Network and has seven international publications to her credit.
On this occasion, renowned historian Dr Mubarak Ali, THAAP Honorary Secretary Amna Jahangir, Joint Secretaries Sahar Saqlain and Aabidah Ali, and people from different walks of life people were also present.
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